Tuesday, December 31, 2013

C'est Magnifique Kit Club - January Guest Designer

Hi Everyone,

So excited to be invited as the Guest Designer for C'est Magnifique Kit Club for the month of January.  I have always admired these gorgeous kits and was in heaven creating with this month's delicious "The Height of Chic" kit which is perfect for my shabby chic scrapbooking style.

As well as the  main kit you are able to purchase flower, embellishment, and mixed media add ons, which of course I couldn't resist and had to have them all!!  Click on the blog link HERE to see all the gorgeous creations from the super talented Design Team and prepare to be inspired.  C'est Magnifique also have a monthly sketch challenge which will be posted on January 1st.   I will have several posts over the next week to share the Sketch Challenge as well as a few more projects.

Have a look at this gorgeous collection.

Kit Paper
FabScraps: Shabbylicious: Shabby Birds
FabScraps: Shabbylicious: Shabby Blues
FabScraps: Shabbylicious: Shabby Chairs
FabScraps: Shabbylicious: Shabby Mix
FabScraps: Shabbylicious: Chic Mix
FabScraps: Shabbylicious: Chic Chairs
FabScraps: Shabbylicious: Chic Pinks
FabScraps: Shabbylicious: Little Darlings
Kit Embellishments
Prima: Chalk Ink: Attic Dust
May Arts: Shear Ribbon with Ruffle Edge: Navy
Prima: Say it in Crystals Swirls: Black
American Crafts: Thickers: Hardcover Black
Prima: Odette: White
Prima: Serenade: Blue
Blue Fern Studios: Chipboard: Enjoy the Journey Title
Maya Road: Granny's Wood Doilies
Prima: Shabby Chic Metal: Illume Treasures Candelabra/Chandelier
The flower add-on includes some beautiful flowers that are the perfect addition to the kit. Included are flowers from Manor House Creations and Prima.

Flower Add-on
Manor House Creations: Glitz: Mixed
Prima: Valentina
Manor House Creations: Ballerina: Classic Mix
Prima: Le Mia: Black/Grey
Manor House Creations: Shimmers: Snow
Manor House Creations: Ashlee: White/Blue

Embellishment Add-on
Blue Fern Studios: Chipboard: Bohemian Butterflies
Heidi Swapp: Color Magic Frames
The Crafters Workshop: 6x6 Template: Mini Microbial
Prima: Junkyard Findings: Rose Heart Corners
Glitz: Teeny Alphas: Gray
Dreaming in Color: Silks Acrylic Glaze: Azure
Maya Road: Ribbon Roses: Pink

The MMM kit is designed to be a mixed media kit that can stand alone. Additionally, it can be used with the monthly kit.

Mixed Media Kit Contents
Luminarte Primary Elements – Bolivian Blue
Luminarte Primary Elements – Chiffon Pink
Luminarte Primary Elements – Tahitian Blue
Silks – African Jade
Silks - Raspberry Wine
Silks Clear Acrylic Glazing Medium
Canvas Corp Stretched Canvas 5x7
Prima: Vintage Mechanicals: Flowers Medium
Prima: Mechanicals: Pendant
Prima: Sunrise Sunset: Mini Roses: Silver
Prima: Le Mia: Cotton Candy
Prima: Delight Collection: Tags & Tickets
Blue Fern Doily
*some embellishments are partial packages

 Here are a few of my creations made with this gorgeous kit!! Keep an eye out as I have more projects to share.

"So Lovely"

I was in heaven playing with the gorgeous January kit, as it is so beautifully feminine and perfect for my shabby chic style of scrapping. On my 1st LO I had some fun with the Luminarte products from mixed media kit to create a soft and pretty background. Once I figured out the placement of my photo, I adhered the wooden doilies and chipboard alpha letters for my title from the main Kit, and also the silver flowers from the Mixed Media kit, then I coated the embellishments and pp with gesso, leaving some of the pattern visible around the edges of the paper. Once dry, I stamped a few flower branches with the ink from the main Kit, then painted and splattered over the top with African Jade Glaze and Bolivian Blue pigment powder, thinned down with a little water. I also mixed the Bolivian Blue and Tahitian Blue Primary Elements powders to create a lovely blue-mauve colour, and highlighted with the Chiffon Pink.

Items used on this LO: January Kit, Flower Add On, Mixed Media Kit (Luminarte silks and primary elements)
Items from my stash: Pink glitter glass, Stampendous floral branch stamp, paper leaves, Martha Stewart pansy border punch, gesso.

"Remember This Moment"
Love these pics of my daughter and her partner at her Senior Formal and they were a perfect fit for the blue tones of the pp's in the Janaury Kit. Kept this fairly simple by softening the pp with some gesso, then overlaying with a couple of different stamped images.  I fussy cut a few elements from the pp, for the flower cluster to frame the photo and highlighted with a touch of glitter glass. I think you can tell I am loving glitter glass at the moment!!

Items used in this LO: January Kit, Embellishment Kit - resin corner, Luminarte Azurite silk paint.
Items from my stash: gesso, stamps, blue and silver glitter glass, Versamagic ink - night sky, Martha Stewart pansy border punch.
"Simple Moments"

This photo of Brittany inspired a pretty and pink LO, with touches of black.  I punched 4 12" strips from the white pp to create a border for the pink gingham paper, stenciled and stamped the background and to add a little twist to my paint splats I used some extra fine glitter glass. To create the glitter glass splats on the background, I mixed the clear glaze with some white pva glue that dries clear and thinned down with water. I then splattered the background with the medium and while it was wet I coated the splatters with extra fine glitter glass. I love to recycle, and found the black packaging from the Prima flowers was perfect to use as part of my title.

Items used on this LO: January Kit, Flower Add On, Embellishment Add On - pink rose trim. Mixed Media Kit - clear glaze, Chiffon Pink Primary Elements.
Items from my stash: Crafters Workshop stencil, paper doily, silk leaves, EK Success border punch, stamps, gesso, pink glitter glass, Lindy's Stamp Gang Saltwater Taffy mist, Tim Holtz black soot distress ink.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Craft Queen - A Sad Goodbye

So sad to say that this will be my last post as a Design Team member for Craft Queen.  A big thank you to Nicole and the girls for making my time with Craft Queen such a wonderful experience. Will miss you all, but will pop in from time to time to say hello.

I have 2 card kits to share available for sale at Craft Queen.  Both kits have all materials to create 8 cards.

First up is the December Card Kit Pastel Haze - create 8 cards for $28.  Click on the link HERE for purchase.

Still available also is the September card kit Vintage Elegance.  Create 8 cards for $24.  Click on the link HERE for purchase.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Manor House Creations - Christmas OTP Project

Hi Ladies,
Christmas is almost upon us, and at this time of the year I like to create a few special OTP Christmas projects to decorate my home and give as gifts.   I am always on the lookout for OTP items to alter and recently I purchased this rustic metal heart hanging at a gift store.  Some gorgeous Manor House Creations flowers, a few diecuts, a little paper and a couple of charms were all it took to transform this sweet little ornament into beautiful Christmas decor piece.
MHC Christmas OTP - Peace Love & Joy
I love the mini glitter roses as they are perfect to add some sparkle to your Christmas creations.  To alter my heart I used the wire from the glitter mini roses to attach them by twining around the frame, then wrapped the left over metal stem around a paintbrush to curl.
MHC Christmas OTP closie 2
I decided to use the new large Poinsettias as my main flower embellishment, but I wanted a contrast to the white glitter mini roses, so I pulled out the yellow stamens and misted the flowers with scarlet glimmermist to add a bit more sparkle.  I then replaced the yellow stamens with some green ones to match in with my Christmas colours.
MHC Christmas OTP closie 1
I backed my heart with paper, embellished with some Kaisercraft collectables and a few charms with I altered with Viva Inca Gold paste and finished off with a bow.

MHC Product Used:  large poinsettia, glitter mini rosed - red

Other Product Used:  Metal heart hanging,  Kaisercraft Christmas Carol 6" paper pad, Kaisercraft St Nicholas collectables, stitched ribbon, button, snowflake and butterfly charms, Viva Inca Gold, Scarlet glimmermist, green stamens.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Manor House Creations - Bold and Beautiful

Hi Cathy here, with a LO to share using the Believe paper range and Spring Collection from Manor House Creations.

I decided to go with a bold colour combo of red, black and green on this page.  I started by using the Believe - Make Believe pp as my background, which I altered by masking, stamping and adding some paint splats.  I am loving washi tape at the moment, and it always seems to find its way onto my LO's.  I just tore 2 different tapes to match my colour palette and overlapped them around the edges of the pp.
To frame my photo I layered some stamped book paper, diecuts, a tag and a fussy cut border strip from the Believe - Lace pp.  I also layered a smaller version on the top right, to which I added a fussy cut butterfly image from the Believe - Elements Cards pp.  To tie in with my colour scheme, I painted the leaves and edges of my butterfly with some Luminarte pigments and a little bit of Viva croco crackling
Follow Your Heart - DT closie 4
Follow Your Heart - DT closie 3
To finish off I clustered a few of the new Spring Collection flowers down the left hand side of my photo.  I altered the large black flower from the Layout Pack - Classy by pulling out the staments and replacing with a bling centre to make the flower pop. I find the Vinettes very versatile, as you can keep them whole or cut them up to make them go further.
Follow Your Heart - DT closie 2
Follow Your Heart - DT closie 1
MHC Product Used:  Believe Paper Collection - Make Believe, Lace, Elements Cards, Layout Pack- classy, Minuettes - red. denim brown, Mini Blush Roses - soft gold, Vinettes - black.
Other Product Used:  Kaisercraft Collectables and text stamp, book paper, Prima Mask and Say it in Crystals flourish, Stampendous frame stamp, Craft Queen washi tape and black and silver embellishments, Trinket Track bling centre, Cosmo Cricket word stickers, manila tag, Ladybird ceramic button, Luminarte pigment powders - kiwi and fern, Viva Inca Gold - lava red, Gesso, Tim Holtz distress ink - black soot.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Once Upon a Sketch - Dec. Challenge

Hi Ladies,

Feeling extremely sad, as this will be my last DT creation for Once Upon a Sketch.  I would like to thank Nadia from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be part of such an amazing Design Team and being able to work alongside a truly inspiring group of gorgeous ladies. Congratulations to the new Design Team, I am sure you will all have a fantastic experience, as Nadia has transformed OUAS into I would have to say, one of the best challenge sites you could ever hope to be part of and I can't wait to see what will be an awe-inspiring collection of creations in the new year.  Good luck girls and have fun!!

The journalling theme for the last challenge of the year is:

 "My favorite month"
You are free to interpret our theme any way you like but please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes some journalling (hidden journalling is fine).

My favourite month of the year is December.  Even though it can be a crazy time in the lead up to Christmas.  I really enjoy, shopping for just the right gift for family and friends.  It makes me happy when I to see their excitement when they open their presents.  Planning a mouth-watering menu for Christmas lunch with my sisters, is worth all the time spent in the kitchen, if it means being able to gather all my family together to celebrate Christmas Day.  I love seeing how pretty the Christmas lights look at night, all soft and twinkling, and still feel like a little kid when they are are switched on at the beginning of December.  Quite of few of our neighbours in the surrounding streets have taken to stringing up lights too and it looks like a Christmas wonderland of an evening.  As the saying goes "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year".

Product Used: MME, Fancy Pants, Crate Paper, Simple Stories and Sassafrass Lass pp's, MME chipboard diecuts, Manor House Creation flowers- Ballerina, Concerto, Tea Roses - soft gold, Capri white and silver, MHC ornate frames - scallop, Existencil snowflake stencil, Cricut cut stencil, Universal fancy frame die, Cottage Cutz leaf flourish,Viva Inca Gold - silver, silver micro beads, crochet doily, stitched ribbon, Stampendous background stamp, Inkadinkado snowflake stamp, Time Holtz distress ink - tea dye, Dylusions mist - turquoise and white linen - silver Christmas pick, pearl branch.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Manor House Creations - It's Beginning to Look at Lot Like Christmas

Hi, Cathy here,
Well Christmas is just around the corner and I hope you are all well on the way to creating your stash of cards to send to those near and dear to you.  I still have a few more to go, but here are a few I put together using Manor House Creations flowers from the new Collection as well as a few old favourites.

Tis The Season
The gold trimmed glitter minis are the perfect touch for your Christmas cards.

Merry Christmas
Alter your Ornate Frames with ink, mist or paint to fit in with your colour scheme, and a touch of diamond dust applied to your flowers adds some Christmas sparkle.

For more Christmas sparkle and shine apply Stickles or Kindyglitz to the edges and centres of your flowers.

MHC Product Used: Glitter Minis - red, Minuettes - red denim brown.Tea Roses - soft gold, teeny weeny roses, Ornate Frames - scallop white

Other Product Used:  Graphic 45, Girls Paperie, Websters, Authentique, Daisy D's  pp's, Stampendous stamps,  Scrapmatts chipboard words, Kaisercraft collectables, Green Tara leaves, Martha Stewart doilies, Craft Queen Wooden button and tiny twine, Diammond Dust, Tim Holtz distress inks, Stickles, 

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Scrap The Girls - November Challenge

Hi Ladies,

Today I have a LO to share created for this month's Scrap The Girls Challenge, which was to use the quote - "Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things".

Brittany has been friends with Laura since they were 3 years old at Kindy.  They were friends all through Primary School and went to different High Schools, but still remained close friends and now at 18 they attend the same University, so they get to share the beginning of adulthood together.

  I love how this page came out, and had fun with the background.  I found the perfect flowers to go with the Bo Bunny pp from my Manor House Creations stash and teamed them with one of my favourite Kaisercraft wooden embellishments, the lovely berry branch.

Product used:  Manor House Creations flowers - vinettes, wild orchid, Oh la laa, Bo Bunny pp and diecut sticker, corrugated cardstock, vintage music paper, Kaisercraft leaf stencil and wooden embellishment, Prima butterfly stamp and textured alpha stickers, WRMK leafy flower stamp, Luminart pigment powder - olive vine, gesso, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - tea dye, cream cardstock, Craft Queen script washi tape.

Thanks somuch for stopping by, your comments make my day.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Manor House Creations - Shabby Chic Cards

Hi ladies, Cathy here with 2 shabby chic cards to share created for Manor House Creations, inspired by the season of Spring.

On this Thank You card I altered the Rue flower with a touch of  gesso, then added a small resin rose to the centre.  I accented the middle of the ivory shade flower with some Luminarte pigment powder mixed with water.

On my Each and Every Day card I altered the white sunflower by applying some Luminarte pigment powder mixed with water to the ends of the petals.  I then pulled out the stamens and replaced them with a Prima bling embellishment.  I also brushed some Luminarte pigment to the centre of the teeny weeny roses.

MHC Product Used:  Rue - watermelon, shades - ivory,  Sunflowers - white, teeny weeny roses.

Other Product Used:  Kaisercraft and Simple Stories pp and Collectables, Prima centres, Cosmo Cricket word stickers, Hero Arts label stamp resin flower, berry branches, Craft Queen washi tape, Trinket track metal corner charms, Luminarte pigment powders, Gesso, mesh tape, muslin

Thanks so much for stopping by.